Are you in need of bicycle vacation during which you can enjoy cycling flatlands of Pannonia, climb the Alpine mountain pass, bathe in the sea and cycle among the hills, full of vineyards?
With four European natural and geographic units – the Alps, Pannonian flatlands, Mediterranean, and Dinaric Alps – coming together on its 20.273 square kilometers, Slovenia can offer all of it. Due to its transitional position, Slovenia is subdivided into five larger landscapes which presented as early as in school:
- Alpine lands with many mountains over 2000 meters, the highest peak Triglav and a small island in the middle of the Bled lake.
- Subalpine lands with hill sites, basins, and Ljubljana, the most attractive city in Europe.
- Dinaric Karst with karst caves and vineyard areas
- Pannonian lowlands with flat lands and thermal springs.
- Mediterranean lands with the Soča – the emerald river, and the Adriatic sea.
Since the territory of Slovenia is marked with the combinations of four European cultures (Slavic, Germanic, Romanic and Ugro-Finnic), the diversity is not limited only to the landscape, it demonstrates itself in various dialects, customs, diverse culinary art and cultural heritage in general. In a bicycle vacation that takes a few days you can become familiar with Slovenia and all its charms.
SELF-GUIDE OR GUIDED TOURS
Diversity of Slovenia can be discovered through various aspects since every bicycle excursion is thematically planned and has its own thread of topics which is either based on natural or cultural herritage. An excursion is composed of multiple (up to 8) daily segments and each of these segments takes place in one of the afore mentioned lands. Transport with accompanying vehicle, which is serves as technical support as well as luggage transports, is organized between individual segments. The driver can offer directions and can arrange pick-ups on selected points, and the cycling is the matter of participants. In case of guided tour, a guide accompanies participants and offers directions and introduces the surronding country side.
Accomodation with half board is organized in authentic guest houses and tourist farms which serve as introduction to the culinary diversity of Slovenia. Participants can organise lunch by themselves in a restaurant or inn along the way. In order to simplify selection, each participant receives a brochure with detailed daily offer of meals and possibilities of surrounding cultural herritage (castles, museums, …) and sports / adrenalin experiences (rafting, climbing, tours of karst caves,…). The driver of the accompanying vehicle is available for all the information, as well.
50 SHADES OF GREEN
Slovenia can be perceived as emerald of Europe, since 60 % of its territory is covered with forest, which places Slovenia on the third place in Europe. During the 7-day bicycle excursion, one can enjoy wonderful green nuances of forests, meadows, rivers, lakes and vineyards. There will also be an opportunity to visit Ljubljana which was proclaimed the green capital of Europe in 2016 – a recognition for achievements of high environmental standards and incentive for sustainability.
ROAMING THE VINIFEROUS HILLS OF SLOVENIA
Slovenia is known as a country of generous people and good wine. Vineyards, which mostly spread on the hill sites, represent idyllic cultural landscape with wonderful vistas, removed from everyday rush and are as such perfect for relaxation. Viniferous areas are crisscrossed by roads with less traffic, and cart tracks which is why a bicycle is a perfect vehicle for the exploration of viniferous land.
AQUATIC WEALTH OF SLOVENIA
The importance of water is often overlooked. Our lives depend on it, water can give a landscape special charm and beauty with its various forms, it is also important in traffic. Ancient Romans built roads on Slovenian territory parallel with the riverbeds, and a great portion of road and railway traffic is running similarly today. Cycling lanes along rivers are gaining on importance lately, due to the flat terrain which is accessible to a broad circle of cyclists.